2011/04/20 in Reviews
This is probably one of my best bits in the book. Mainly.. because its of the level I can understand!
Kerrys ideas seem optimistic to me, but very practical in a wider sense. Or, they appear to be.. I don’t know anything about economics, politics, or any of the other structures he talks about, so I am not in a position to see any flaws in that anyway. I only have ’reservations’ about how people will react, in the sort of Zenanarchanistic wonderful world that he speaks of. A dubious thing, to not be sure about this I know!.. maybe it’s because i would not trust myself..?
Even if… We embrace the whole idea of Zenarchy.. or even Anarchy, as it was originally understood..
Over time…would “things” start to kreep in…
I would wish to be as optimistic as Kerry about Zenarchy .. maybe i need to learn more about how people have/do/will react in this situation!
In theory… it works perfectly!
Hung Mung, Television Personality
One of the characters to appear in the writings of old Chaung Tzu is Hung Ming, whose name means Primal Chaos, for which reason he was adopted as a Chaoist Sage by the Discordian Society – a nonprophet ireeligious disorganization about which you will learn more and understand less if you read Principia Discordia. As such, he is also a Zenarchist Immortal, for Zenarchy is to Discordianism much as Zenis to Buddhism or Taoism.
In Chuang Tzu he is visited by another character, Great Knowledge, whose inquiries he answers by laughing and slapping his knee and shouting, “I don’t know! I don’t know!” Great Knowledge persists in questioning Hung Mung, who at last enlightens him with an appropriately chaotic, rambling speech.
Not claiming to know anything, Primal Chaos reveals everything to informed curiosity – though not usually in a very orderly format. In becoming acquainted with this sage who knows nothing and does not care tht he does not know anything, we can learn enough to accomplish nearly anything.
Discordians say you can get a look at Hung Mung by getting stoned and tuning your television to a channel that is not broadcasting. His dancing image will become more and more visible the harder you look for it. And having no sponsors, Hung Mung – they say – is never interrupted by commercials. Zenarchists are skeptical of that much.